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Not a Poor Man’s Field – The New Guinea Goldfields

Michael Waterhouse, an economist and historian, joins us to discuss an important but little known period in Australia’s history – its colonial experience in New Guinea between the wars.

During Australia’s colonial administration in the 1930s, the New Guinea Goldfields, against all odds, developed into the second largest gold-producing province in Australasia..

Michael will also examine how the local people were affected by the gold mining, including the efforts of the Australian Administration to ‘civilise’ mainland New Guineans.

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